Pros everying on this is a pro
Cons No capture support for windows vista
Summary The latest Catalyst drivers for Vista still do not include one for the tuner subsystem on the ATI All-in-Wonder cards. So, these cards are useless under Vista for their intended main purpose: watching and recording live TV. I’m surprised no bloggers have taken up this issue yet. Maybe you can, so that some pressure can be brought to bear on AMD/ATI to give us back the capabilities we lost when we upgraded to Vista!.
When will this issue be resolved for all in wonder products?
Why have they been taken off the shelf?
What are the plans for future All in wonder cards?
Pros 256Mb card + Tv tuner combo (but is it worth it?)
Cons Same old ATI software (and no software updates), audio pops and clicks, TV on Demand always on, awkward audio/video connectors
Summary This review concentrates more on the negative side of the X1900 (cause the positive side is dim.)
*currently using v.9.16
-it's still the same old junk since the early All In Wonder cards!!! with the ugly interface, and limited controls (more on that later). Why can't ATI (AMD now) pay a decent programmer to work on something totally new?!?!
-there hasn't been a software update since Dec. 13, 2006!!!! hello? we paid a good sum of money for this piece of junk!
-you cannot disable TV on Demand (which means it's always recording what you watch and using your CPU/hard drive resources whether you want it or not.
-TV viewing/recording quality is horrible. My first impression since upgrading from the ATI All In Wonder 9000 is that I'm watching TV through black nylon stocking.. lol. The picture is somehow cleaner than my previous card, but it's not from new hardware, because as you know, the X1900 still uses the old Theater200.. it's probably a filter..
-there was a problem with my first X1900 (PCI-E model); it wouldn't power up when I turn on my PC.. I would have to turn my pc on then off a couple of time for it to work.
-ATI sent me a replacement one which didn't have the power problem but had audio problems (pops and clicks while watching TV).. come to think of it, the first one might have had that too, but I might not have noticed it (it's mostly audible when you use headphones!).
-A third replacement came, and guess what, same pops/clicks problem. I finally gave up and decided to keep this for the time being.
-Why is it that with every new ATI AIW card, the cables/connectors are getting bulkier and uglier?!? When you install this card expect to have more cable clutter than you already have. I now have a stupid looking cable with a Domino at one end constantly connected to my PC.. Why? ask the geniuses at ATI!
I thought that things might get better when AMD bought ATI.. maybe new software/drivers?! but apparently it looks like they're getting worse..
If you want my opinion, if you really want to buy this (which I don't advise), go to ati.com, and check if they updated their "ATI Multimedia Software" (not the Catalyst display driver)..
Pros Great frame rate for gaming BF2 with High video settings
Cons none I can think of
Summary I have had ATI All In Wonder cards since their very first one. The X1900 PCI Express does a wonderful job in my system. I am able to do just about anything I want. I can burn DVD's while playing BF2 (POE mod)in coop mode with 64 bots at 100% AI and it doesn't miss a lick.
Pros All the features that it is supposed to provide
Cons Lack of support from ATI. Lack of functionality
Summary I am very disappointed in ATI on this outing. I have built many systems for friends and for profit, with both NVIDIA and ATI cards and have never had this level of trouble. This card was selected for it's advertised capabilities of video/TV capture and good gaming in one package. To begin, I found comments at the vendor's, (computer3G.com and newegg.com) and the manufacturer's site that this card would work with Win XP X-64. Unfortunately for me there was a complete omission of the fact that the multimedia software would not work in X-64. This was a nice supprise! However after acquiring a copy of XP Pro my troubles were not over. Trying to get the right drivers and updates from ATI is a mystry tour through obscurity. Calling ATI for help was the most useless and frustrating experience of all. The only way I even came close to getting this thing to work was reading many review sites. At some point I found out through trial and error, not ATI, that I needed to update to DrectX 9.0c. This sort of worked after that update, however the DVD player would hang, the TV tunner missed strong channels and the FM tuner picked up static. To top it all off, after having the system on for a few hours and needing to reboot for another reason, I found even the POST screen to have corrupted video. Next I tried to wade through ATI's site to get an RMA to no avail. Finaly a sat on the phone for yet ANOTHER hour to get them to give me an RMA. After waiting for more than their "10 day turn-arround" I received back a similar card with a different part number. The returned card would not even allow the system to POST. I installed a NVIDIA card to prove that the system is functional, and it is. Any gains in performance or functionality this or any ATI card prommises is completely out weighed by the lack of warrenty and technical support from ATI. Now I have to wait until after Christmas to get the problem resolved, but I am not hopeful of anything working out even then. Don't buy ATI. Randy B. former ATI customer.
Pros Thought it was great card
Summary A call to ATI customer service reports THAT ALL All In Wonder cards have been discontinued. Anyone know what happened? Should I buy a card from a third party distributor while still available?